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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 14, 2013 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if: Bobby had died instead of Jerry?

There is no doubt about that; I've said that many a time...

Right? I probably don't give Billy enough credit (I put him at a distant, but important third; citing Garcia's solo album as good evidence).

Sorry, Bob fans!

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Feb 14, 2013 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if: Bobby had died instead of Jerry?

I believe that Butch Trucks was the author of that horse shit quote Strat and he did not specify an era when making the comment.To my ear the more challenging part of the bands catalog between 10/19/71 and 10/20/74 was dependent on all five musicians equally,the resultant music was a genuine group effort.

While I can't really speak for what a 1995 -> whenever grouping of Jer,Phil and Billy would have sounded like I surely would have enjoyed hearing them give it a shot,at it's worst it could not be as embarrassing as Furthur.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Feb 14, 2013 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if: Bobby had died instead of Jerry?

As great as both Jerry and Phil were/are, Grateful Dead was definitely greater than the sum of their parts.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Feb 14, 2013 6:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if: Bobby had died instead of Jerry?

Jerry's guitar was no doubt the lead instrument,but I think a case could made for all the other players being unorthodox and interacting in a somewhat unorthodox manner musically creating a unique type of music.Lesh and Billy certainly were not sitting back in the pocket like a normal rhythm section,Keith's style of accenting and fills was unusual and Weir is singular in style.Also Jerry's style of leading the music was very group oriented and was based on what the other guys were playing a good deal of the time.Once again I am talking about Dark Star,Other One,the more jam oriented material from Keith's introduction through74',the rest of their catalog and other era's are a different story.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Feb 14, 2013 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if: Bobby had died instead of Jerry?

maybe Trucks, Pig Street mentioned the Alman's, sounds familiar...

I don't agree with this in entirety, although Garcia, Lesh and BK are the core...however Weir's playing style with the interplay and riffing and unorthodox chording is critical to the formation of their trademark sound...Godcheaux and Mydland both had moments of greatness...